Univar USA Inc. advises truckers not to use Elizabeth roads
A Univar USA Inc. spokeswoman said on Wednesday that her company has advised third-party truckers using its Forward Township facility to stay out of nearby Elizabeth.
“We have alerted them to the lack of commercial routes and the faulty guidance that is coming from GPS systems and have requested that all third-party carriers completely avoid any route into and out of Elizabeth,” Alison Jahn wrote.
It was in “an internal memorandum to all of our third-party carriers,” said Jahn, director of global communications for Redmond, Wash.-based Univar.
Univar has a chemical facility along Bunola River Road in Forward. The lack of commercial routes and reported GPS problems were cited in recent discussions by borough council about truckers rolling through Elizabeth.
“The memorandum requests that all carriers use (state Route) 136, which is located 4.5 miles south of Elizabeth, to access our facility,” Jahn wrote.
Jahn's email served as a company response to an Elizabeth woman's complaint — one that didn't include a return address.
On Feb. 25, a truck plowed through the yard of Betty Krofek along Ninth Avenue and Mulberry Street, where Mulberry becomes a hilly alley that goes downhill toward a borough playground.
Krofek told borough officials she had written to Univar.
“We received a letter from Ms. Krofek addressed to me at our Bunola location,” Jahn said. “Unfortunately, Ms. Krofek failed to include her phone number, return address, or email that would enable us to correspond with her.”
“She's absolutely right,” borough secretary Pam Sharp said.
However, Sharp added, Krofek took pains to copy her letter to Elizabeth Mayor V. Ann Malady, Forward Supervisor Dave Magiske and state Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township, and included their addresses, in Saccone's case of his constituent service office in Jefferson Hills.
Jahn also had a message for borough officials.
“We also went to the local public officials and requested that they provide signage at the street to prohibit thru (sic) traffic of commercial trucks,” Jahn wrote. “They have been slow to respond.”
Sharp had an answer to one question council members could not answer on Tuesday, saying borough police had issued a citation to the out-of-state trucker involved in the Feb. 25 accident in Krofek's yard.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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